Calif. woman, captive 10 years, found alive; Man arrested

By: CBS
By: CBS
A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home has contacted police and says she was held against her will for years.

Isidro Garcia - Photo credit: KABC

Santa Ana, CA (CBS) - A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home has contacted police and says she was held against her will for years.

The Santa Ana Police Department said Wednesday that they have booked her captor, 41-year-old Isidro Garcia, on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment.

CBS Los Angeles reports the girl says that in 2004, Garcia had been dating and living with her mother.

In June of that year, he allegedly began assaulting the girl, who was 15-years-old at the time. Two months later, Garcia allegedly assaulted the girl's mother, then proceeded to drug the victim before driving her to a house in Compton where he locked her in a garage.

Over the coming months, police say he provided the girl with fake identification and used physical and emotional abuse to prevent her from fleeing.

CBS Los Angeles reports Garcia kept a close watch on the teen girl throughout the years, even moving homes at several points to avoid getting caught.

He repeatedly told the victim her family had given up looking for her and that if she tried to go back to her family, they would be deported, police say, according to the station.

In 2007, Garcia allegedly forced the girl into marriage and in 2012, he fathered her child, according to the station.

The woman, now 25, came forward to police this week after finding her sister on Facebook.
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